Nominations Being Accepted for the 2015 SVL Teacher of the Year Award
Herbert Henry Dow High School and Midland High School are soliciting nominations at their prospective schools for the 2015 Recipient of their Saginaw Valley Teacher of the Year Award. The Saginaw Valley League established an award to recognize excellence in teaching. This award is presented annually to one teacher from each of the Saginaw Valley member high schools.
Any teacher who has taught for at least 5 years and whose current teaching assignment is full or part-time in grades 9-12 is eligible to receive this award.
If you wish to nominate a teacher for this prestigious honor you may either download and fill in the brief form below (check the box if you use the back of this form), or submit a letter in support of your candidate choice.
- Creative teaching
- Involvement in our community
- Community involvement
- Involvement in school activities
- Enthusiasm and dedication to teaching
- Any other qualities you consider important to good teaching
Please direct nomination forms and letters to:
Ms. Carol Lewin
HHD SVL Teacher of the Year Committee Chairman
c/o Herbert Henry Dow High School
3901 N. Saginaw Road
Midland MI 48640
Mrs. Amy Guzman
SVL Teacher of the Year Committee Chairman
c/o Midland High School
1301 Eastlawn Drive
Midland MI 48640
The nomination deadline is Monday, March 2, 2015. Download the correct school form and nominate a deserving teacher today!
Herbert Henry Dow High School Nomination Form
Midland High School Nomination Form
Nominate a teacher for the Gerstacker Teacher Proficiency Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Gerstacker Teacher Proficiency Awards. The Gerstacker Committee would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the basic eligibility criteria for a nominee and the selection procedures.
The basic criteria:
- Nominee must have a Michigan teaching certificate
- Nominee must be a tenured teacher with three or more continuous years of service with the Midland Public Schools
- Nominee must be under employment contract for the upcoming year (not retiring)
The selection committee is comprised of:
- Angela Brandstadt - Board of Education Vice President
- Viola Collin - President of the Midland City Education Association (MCEA)
- Dawn Moulthrop - Chair, MCEA Professional Standards Committee
- Jeff Pennex - Principal, Woodcrest Elementary School
- Y. Maryanne Lipovsky - 2014 Gerstacker Recipient
After reading all of the letters, the committee meets to discuss and make their selection. The committee members look carefully at the contents of each letter. Campaigns with numerous letters are not given any more importance than a few letters received about an outstanding teacher. Each year there are two elementary and two secondary recipients.
Nominations are due Friday, March 6, 2015. Nominations can be made online at
http://midps.org/gerstacker or by letter to Angela Brandstadt, Midland Public Schools, 600 E. Carpenter Street, Midland, MI 48640.
The awards ceremony will be held at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in the Griswold Lecture Hall at Northwood University.
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View the Gerstacker Awards page
Honorary High School Diplomas to Veterans
The State of Michigan allows school boards to award diplomas to veterans for World War II and the Korean conflict and Public Act 55 of 2014 extends that special recognition to veterans who served during the Vietnam Era, defined as service between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975. Midland Public Schools is proud to participate in this program to acknowledge the sacrifices our United States Veterans made during the Vietnam War by awarding them the diplomas they never received.
Qualified veterans must have served honorably during the Vietnam Era and enlisted or been drafted into the armed forces before high school graduation. Application forms for a diploma can be submitted to the school district the veteran was enrolled in at the time of enlistment and can be completed by the veteran or on his or her behalf by a spouse, sibling, child or grandchild.
The application form is downloadable at the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency website or by clicking on the following link:
Michigan WWII, Korean and Vietnam Era Veterans Diploma Application
Eligible veterans meeting thes requirement and wishing to take advantage of this provision should complete and forward your application to the Office of the Superintendent, Midland Public Schools, Attn: Jana Kullick, 600 E. Carpenter Street, Midland, MI 48640. If you have questions or need assistance, call Jana at 989-923-5024.
A Message from Superintendent Sharrow
We received the following information on September 10, 2014 from the Michigan Department of Education in Lansing regarding the Enterovirus. Midland Public Schools is doing our part by making sure our facilities are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.
Michigan Monitoring for Cases of Enterovirus
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is receiving reports indicating an increase in severe respiratory illness in children ages 5-17 across the state. MDCH is working with local health departments and hospitals to investigate these cases. At this time, Michigan has no confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with the national outbreak, but MDCH is forwarding samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing.
Nationally, clusters of EV-D68 infections have recently impacted the pediatric population in multiple states. Original reports described clusters of illness in Missouri and most recently Illinois. The majority of those cases had a previous medical history of asthma or prior wheezing. Currently, suspected cases are also being investigated in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah.
Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types. It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year. Symptoms of EV-D68 infection can include wheezing, difficulty breathing, fever and racing heart rate. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious requiring hospitalization. Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections but supportive care can be provided.
Young residents with asthma are encouraged to be vigilant in taking their asthma controlling medications. Further, Michiganders can protect themselves from enterovirus by taking general hygiene precautions:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Additional information about human EV-D68 can be found in today's CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report:
CDC.gov - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report